Monday, September 27, 2010

40 Day Prayer Guide for Orphan Care

Over the next 40 days leading up to Orphan Sunday, I will be praying for orphan care.  Many times people get scared or uncomfortable when you talk orphan.  They're afraid of what it will mean to them personally. They wonder if they'll be called to adopt.  Maybe.  Maybe not.  But one thing is clear, God's heart is for the orphan.  Many times in the bible He speaks of the least of these, the orphan.  One of the better known scriptures on it is James 1:27--"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."  He also promises to not leave us as orphans (John 14:18).  And He sets the lonely in families.  (Psalm 68:6)  What orphan care will look like for each person and family is different.  The important thing is to value the things that God values, and God values the orphan.  

Please join me over the next 40 days in praying for Orphan Care.  Prayer changes everything.  And praying together is powerful.  In the words of Jesus:

"When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I'll be there."  Don't you love that--"My Father in heaven goes into action."  What a beautiful picture.

The prayer guide is used with permission from Orphan Sunday.


Jocelyn-Chris said...

Thanks for sharing this, Charlene. I have printed it out and will be joining you. Yesterday's sermon was about heaven. We were asked to think of what would NOT be in heaven and my thought was "no orphans". Wow, that will be amazing! Everyone with our Father!

Mandie said...

Joining you in prayer. Thanks for sharing the link.